By: Lydian Bernhardt / 03/10/2021 Alumni, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University alumnus Michael S. Regan ’98, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality and an alumnus of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, was confirmed today in a historic Senate vote as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The earth and environmental sciences graduate becomes the first Black man and first alumnus of a historically black college or university to lead the agency.

During his tenure as the North Carolina’s top environmental official, Regan, 44, led a landmark multi-billion dollar coal ash cleanup by Duke Energy. He also worked with a largely Republican General Assembly on such projects as extending the power grid to rural communities and rebuilding the state’s eastern agricultural operations in the wake of several devastating hurricanes. Under his leadership, the DEQ also levied a $13-million fine against Chemours Co. for allowing the chemical GenX into the Cape Fear River.


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